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Today's Quilter 57

Today's Quilter provides a fresh take on traditional quilting with 100 glorious pages of projects, features, techiniques and news for intermediate to expert quilters. The quilt projects are exquisitely photographed, while technical features improve skills. There's quilting news, events to visit, designer profiles and quilt heritage, plus chat and fun from the quilting community.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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1 min.
welcome!

After the hustle and bustle of the festive period and that odd back-to-reality period when we’re all settling into a routine again, it’s perhaps the perfect time to talk about bringing mindfulness into your sewing room. For anyone new to the term, mindfulness is defined as being “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; being fully aware of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and your surrounding environment. It also involves acceptance, meaning that you pay attention without judging”. For me, this means reframing my approach to quilting. Until recently I’d always focused my attention on the final make – the triumph of a finished quilt all bound and ready to use. But I’m trying to slow down and appreciate the processes more. Each quilt is like…

2 min.
shades of nature

THE BOOK HEARTH & HOME Find fresh twists on favourite blocks (from Wild Goose Chase and Kansas Troubles to the humble Nine Patch) in this new book by Jo Morton. Her colour palettes of muted earth tones, and the clever interplay of light and dark shades have earned her a reputation for designing elegant, timeless quilts – and we couldn’t agree more. With beautiful photography to accompany Jo’s tips for choosing fabrics, piecing by hand, pressing for success and much more, you will welcome this title to your quilting library. THE QUILT POTTERY SHARDS Finishing at 54in x 76in, the simple angular piecing in this design by Michael Young of BLK BAK Quilt Designs creates a dramatic quilt that’s ideal for showcasing a wide range of prints. The version was created for Dale Allen-Rowse’s debut…

1 min.
a guide to the art of sashiko

STRENGTHENING STITCHES! There might not be much better than perching yourself at your sewing station for a few hours of winter stitching, but there’s certainly something special about sitting in your favourite armchair by the fire while it’s chilly outside to do some mindful hand sewing. Sashiko expert, Susan Briscoe, is back with some mesmerising projects for you to stitch to your heart’s content – from the materials and tools you will need, to the simple tricks and methods behind this Japanese art of decorative reinforcement. Translating to ‘little pierce’, sashiko is the practice originated as a form of functional embroidery, but has since become a much-loved method of decoration in quilting. LET US KNOW! Drop us a line – an email, letter, tweet or Facebook post – letting us know about…

7 min.
fresh picks

WHY DO WE QUILT? Raison d’être It’s a thought-provoking question… why do we quilt? In his new book, Why We Quilt, Thomas Knauer explores what motivates us to make quilts – for art, activism, community and creativity: “We no longer need quilts to stay warm or to survive harsh winters, but quilts may well fill other, less material, needs.” He’s invited 40 contemporary makers, mainly from the USA, to share their stories and their quilts in a book, which will engross you for many hours as you delve into this complex theme. Divided into six chapters, Thomas writes about the traditions of quilt-making in the USA and how these have evolved over time to encompass a range of experiences and expressions. Perhaps you quilt for solace, for friendship, for joy, for necessity…

3 min.
diary dates

Newark Quilt Show 17th-19th January, Nottinghamshire Featuring quilt displays from well-known quilters and textile artists, the show will play host to a variety of exhibitors selling patchwork and quilting supplies. Workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. Disabled access and free parking available. 10:00-16:00 / See website for all ticket prices The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Newark NG24 2NY www.grosvenorshows.co.uk Quilters Exhibition and Fabric Sale 19th January, Nantwich Textile artist Sue Warburton represents her creative journey through quilts in her exhibition, Then and Now. Traders and group exhibitors will be attending. Disabled access available. 10:00-16:00 / £3 Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich CW5 5DG www.nantwichfabricsale.com Spring Quilt Festival 24th-26th January, Ardingly Featuring quilt displays from well-known quilters and textile artists, the show will play host to a variety of exhibitors selling patchwork and quilting supplies. Disabled access…

2 min.
show & tell

One starry night... From the moment I set eyes on this design in issue 42, I knew I had to make one! The Argyle effect created on the Harlequin diamonds drew me in immediately. With my version, I decided to stay with the geometric look when quilting the blank spaces and the border by repeating the diamond and star shapes. I loved making this quilt and am thrilled with the result. Yvonne, Lincoln You’ve really captured the radiant style of this quilt, Yvonne. It’s beautiful. Sumptuous samplers Here’s my Block of the Month sampler quilt from Carolyn Forsters’ recent series – I loved making the quilt! Denise, via email Beautiful work, Denise! We absolutely adore the colourway you’ve chosen for this – we’re sure Carolyn will be very impressed with this stunning sampler. From Oz to the US When…